Thunder to tour the UK with Reef in 2015

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UK rockers Thunder have announced three arena shows for March 2015.

Special guests for the concerts come in the form of Reef, with support from Tax The Heat. The gigs will be Thunder’s first arena headline appearances in the UK, but frontman Danny Bowes has said that they are keeping the number of shows down whilst guitarist Ben Matthews concentrates on his treatment for cancer.

“We would have preferred to do more, but we weren’t sure if Ben would be physically up to it,” says Bowes. “Rather than put undue pressure on him, we decided on a ‘less is more’ approach to give him the best chance.”

“Our audience has continued to grow over the past few years, so these shows will be a coming together of our old fans and the new ones in a fantastic celebration. We’re extremely proud of the new album and we can’t wait to play the new songs alongside the classics.”

Reef frontman Gary Stringer said of the shows: “It’s our great pleasure to be heading out on the road with a standalone band like Thunder. They’ve carved out their own path without conforming to anybody else’s ideals. We can’t wait to get on stage with them next year and have a huge party. Let the good times roll!”

Thunder will play:

Mar 12th: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Mar 13th: National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Mar 14th: Eventim Apollo, London

Tickets are on sale now via the Thunder Facebook Store, and will go on general release via Livenation on Friday.

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Thunder guitarist Ben Matthews has cancer

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Thunder have revealed that guitarist Ben Matthews has cancer.

The band played their Calling Festival set at the end of June with temporary replacement Pete Shoulder in the six-string spot whilst Matthews had tonsil surgery.

Thunder frontman Danny Bowes said in a statement: “The surgeon found some ‘extra’ matter attached to one of them, and after some tests, it was found to be malignant.

“In effect he has cancer and needs treatment, which will mean a course of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Whilst the treatment is not pleasant, we’re told the percentage chances of a happy outcome are ‘in the high 90s’.”

Thunder have promised to keep fans updated and added: “In the meantime please join us in wishing him well.”

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Thunder draft in replacement guitarist for Calling Festival set

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Brit rock band Thunder have had to draft in a replacement guitarist ahead of their Calling Festival set this weekend.

Regular guitarist Ben Matthews has had to have his tonsils removed and is too ill to play or sing. Thunder have therefore called on the six-string services of Pete Shoulder, guitarist in Luke Morley’s other band, The Union.

Thunder frontman Danny Bowes said in a statement: “Ben is unable to go out or sing, so he cannot do the show on Saturday at Clapham. Rather than cancel, the band has asked our good friend Peter Shoulder to play guitar, and he has agreed to step in.

“Ben is currently advising Pete (via text) on hair tips and shape chucking. In return Pete has agreed not to sing and play too well. Please join us in wishing Ben a speedy recovery, and thanking Pete for saving the proverbial bacon.”

Thunder recently announced that they are to record a new studio album, despite previously indicating that 2008’s Bang! would be their last.

The Calling Festival, taking place this weekend on Clapham Common, features headliners Aerosmith, as well as Joe Bonamassa, Richie Sambora and The Walking Papers on Saturday the 28th June, with the 29th being headlined by Stevie Wonder.

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